Drag site icon to your taskbar to pin site. Learn More

2010 MotoGP Mugello Saturday Insider

Saturday, June 5, 2010
Rossi is still reporting minor pain in his shoulder but says it has become more manageable compared to racing at Le Mans.
Valentino Rossi took a nasty fall during Saturday's practice at Mugello and fractured his right tibia.
Valentino Rossi’s 2010 MotoGP world title hopes disappeared today when he suffered a broken right leg in a huge high-side crash during final practice for his home race at the Mugello circuit in Italy this morning.
The reigning world champion was viciously thrown from his factory Yamaha YZR-M1 machine at the fast entry to the Biondetti chicane shortly before the approach to the final corner.

Rossi couldn’t even attempt to get to his feet as he immediately clutched his right leg in pain. TV pictures showed the 31-year-old grimacing in pain before he was carried away on a stretcher for further checks at the circuit’s medical center.

It has been confirmed that the nine-time World Champion has suffered a broken right tibia which means he will certainly miss the first British MotoGP race at Silverstone since 1986.

The Fiat Yamaha rider was lying in third-place on the timesheets when he crashed with a best time of 1.49.923, leaving him 0.251 seconds off the pace of teammate and world championship leader Jorge Lorenzo.

Rossi was already struggling for full fitness because of a slow recovery from a damaged right shoulder he suffered in a motocross training accident in April.

Rossi is currently undergoing an operation on his right leg after further checks at the Careggi Hospital Emergency Center in Florence.

Valentino Rossi took the best lap in Fridays practice at Mugello with a time of 149.751.
Rossi is set to immediately undergo surgery on Saturday. This will be the first time that Rossi has missed a race in 231 races. 
It was decided upon to operate immediately on the broken tibia (shinbone) that is likely to keep Rossi out of action until August.

Initial reports are that Rossi could miss the next six races and return for the Czech Republic GP at Brno on August 15. However, some sources are saying Rossi might even wait to return at his home race in Misano during early September with fears he could be sidelined for three months.

The injury will end Rossi’s proud record of never missing a race in his career which started way back in 1996. Tomorrow’s Italian MotoGP race will be the first time in 231 races that Rossi has not started.
2010 MotoGP Le Mans Photo Gallery
View Gallery
View Gallery
View Gallery
View Gallery
View Slideshow

2010 MotoGP Racing Photo Gallery
View Gallery
View Gallery
View Gallery
View Gallery
View Slideshow

Login or sign up to comment.

Ken -cancel Laguna then.....  June 5, 2010 03:42 PM
man i saved my seats for laguna this year already, now im feelin like cancelling it since Rossi aint going to be there..a broken shin OUCH! that musta hurt...plus he had that shoulder injury. thats a lot to make amends for. i hope he feels better.
R34 -RE: bikerrandy - Rossi  June 5, 2010 01:36 PM
Affect contract negotions...for Rossi?!?! Rossi could have broken both legs and arms and Yamaha would still fight for him over any other rider in the paddock. I still think Rossi could easily jump ship to the Marlboro squad next year since there was some interest there. I know it's too early but I believe with Hayden's progress, he will most likely keep his ride...do I see 3 Marlboro Ducati's on the grid next year? Maybe...Rossi has so much pull he should just start his own race team...he's going to bring his entire team over wherever he goes anyway...it would increase the # of bikes on the grid. Hopefully Spies can crack the top10 to have a chance at the FIAT Team next year. Rossi will always be dominant...he is way to skillful and methodical playing the other riders like pawns...he has so much track experience that every track is like his HOME track...he's got the fan base of a boy-band of the 90's. I don't see his domination shifting that much...it will be interesting though when the 1000's come back, think that is when we will witness a major shift in different riders being hitting the podium
bikerrandy -Rossi  June 5, 2010 12:39 PM
Too bad for Rossi but this leaves the door wide open for all his competitors. I also wonder how this might effect his contract negotiations this year. Will this injury portend the end of the Rossi domination in MotoGPs ?